Women Who Create / Triinu Holman

This fortnight welcome Surprise Box Club founder Triinu Holman to the Women Who Create UK fortnightly interview series. Triinu who has worked in the creative industry for years but decided to follow her dream and launched her passion project last year! Surprise Box Club is a monthly subscription of inspirational craft kits designed for you every month that are simply jam-packed with fresh creative ideas. 

Tell us a little about your background...

I trained as a silversmith and ran my own business for many years, designing and making bespoke pieces. As part of this business I started teaching wire-work and jewellery making and found that I really loved teaching. This inspired me to change track and teach to a much wider audience and set up a subscription box craft club. I launched Surprise Box Club one year ago and it’s been a really exciting year! I have had so much fun designing and creating monthly craft and jewellery kits for club members.

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Do you have creative habits or rituals within your work that help you stay focused and happy? 

I have only just discovered THE best habit to adopt that keeps me focused, highly productive and therefore very happy! It’s simple: stop multitasking! When focusing on one task your focus is 100%. When multitasking you lose time switching between tasks and end up working hard yet achieving very little.

What two things can't you live without?

Coffee and wine.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

My family. I strive to create a business that will allow us the freedom to live the life we want to live.

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What is the meaning of 'creativity' to you?

Making an exciting, imaginative and seemingly un-achievable idea become real.

If you could collaborate on a creative project or idea with anyone... who would it be & why?

Although the thought is scary and way out of my comfort zone, I’d love to demonstrate jewellery making techniques on one of the craft channels.

Do you have a favourite piece of equipment that inspires your day to day process?

My ‘ideas book’. I carry it everywhere!

What is the best thing about running your business?

The flexibility it gives me. I love the fact that I can juggle my hours to suit bringing up a family.

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What is your proudest creative moment in your journey so far?

Getting my first subscriber within 2 hours of launching Surprise Box Club! It’s nerve racking launching a new business so to get this reassurance that someone else was as excited as me about the idea was a fantastic starting point.

What one piece of advice would you share with fellow women who create to help them on their business journey?

Go for it! Be authentic, trust your intuition and don’t be afraid to show your passion for your business.

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